Monday, October 8, 2018

Amanuensis Monday - 1809 Deed of Zachariah Hildreth Jr. to Zachariah Hildreth in Townsend, Mass.

This week's document for Amanuensis Monday is the 1809 deed of Zachariah Hildreth Junior of Townsend, Massachusetts to Zachariah Hildreth of Townsend in the Middlesex County, Massachusetts Land Records:

The transcription of this deed is:

[Volume 196, page 238 (left-hand page above)]

Know all men by these presents, that I Zachariah Hildreth Jun^r of
Townsend in the County of Middlesex and Commonwealth of Massachusetts
yeoman, in consideration of four hundred dollars paid by Zachariah Hildreth
of the same Townsend aforesaid Gentleman, the receipt whereof I do hereby
acknowledge, have remissed, released, and forever quitclaimed, and do, by
these presents, remiss, release, and forever quitclaimed unto the said Zach-
ariah Hildreth his heirs and assigns forever, a certain piece of land
in Townsend afores^d and a part of two lots, N^o fifty four and fifty five
said lots situate on Bayberry hill, containing forty acres be the same
more or less bounded as follows, viz. begining at a stake and stones the
southeast corner of one of the abovesaid lots, thence west twenty nine
degs north, about one hundred rods by Jonas Farmers land to a stake
and stones for a corner; thence north twenty nine degs east sixty four
rods by Jonas Browns, Josiah Baileys and Joseph Walkers land to a stake
and stones for a corner; thence east twenty nine degs south about one hun-
dred rods by Nathan Scale land to a stake and stones for a corner in
the line of said Farmers land; thence south twenty nine degs west sixty
four rods by said Farmers land to the bounds first mentioned.  To have
and to hold the same together with all the priviliges and appurtenances
thereunto belonging to him the said Zachariah Hildreth his heirs and
assigns forever.  In witness whereof I the said Zachariah Hildreth Jun^r
have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty third day of Novem-
ber in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and nine
Zachariah Hildreth Jun^r and seal, signed, sealed and delivered in
presents of us, Josiah Richardson, Fanny Hildreth.  Middlesex Ss
November 24^th 1809.  then the above Zachariah Hildreth Jun^r
acknowledge the above instrument to be his free act and deed before
me Josiah Richardson Just. of the Peace.
                                                        Middlesex Ss Cambridge 2^nd October 1811.
Received and Entered by Samuel Bartlett Regr.

The source citation for this recorded deed is:

"Massachusetts, Land Records, 1620-1986," digital images, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints,FamilySearch ( : accessed 23 September 2018), Middlesex County, "Deeds, 1811-1812, Vols. 194-196," Volume 196, page 238 (image 666 of 806), Deed of Zachariah Hildreth Jr. to Zachariah Hildreth, executed 24 November 1809, recorded 2 October 1811.

Zachariah Hildreth Junior (1783-1857) was the son of Zachariah Hildreth (1754-1829) and his first wife, Elizabeth Keyes (1759-1793).  This is the third land transaction for Zachariah Junior in the Middlesex County Deed index for 1800 to 1835.
The land sold is 40 acres on Bayberry Hill in the town of Townsend, Massachusetts.  It is 100 rods (550 yards) by 64 rods (352 yards), situated west-northwest to east-southeast, and was part of Lots 54 and 55 of the original land lots of Townsend.  It is the same land that Zachariah Senor sold to Junior in 1807 for $400 transcribed in Amanuensis Monday - 1807 Deed of Zachariah Hildreth to Zachariah Hildreth Jr. in Townsend, Mass.  This deed was executed on the day before another deed was executed, transcribed in Amanuensis Monday - 1809 Deed of Zachariah Hildreth to Zachariah Hildreth Jr. in Townsend, Mass.

My guess is that Zachariah Senior decided to sell one third of his house lot (the 1809 deed) to his son Zachariah as part of a larger estate plan, and bought the first lot of land (the one sold in 1807) back from Zachariah Junior.  

At the time that this 1809 deed was executed, Zachariah Junior was not yet married.

Zachariah Hildreth Sr. (1754-1829) is my 4th great-grandfather, and Zachariah Hildreth Jr. (1783-1857) is my third great-grandfather, who married Hannah Sawtell (1789-1857) in 1810.  I am descended through their son, Edward Hildreth (1831-1899) who married Sophia Newton (1834-1923).


NOTE:  Genea-blogger John Newmark (who writes the excellent  TransylvanianDutch blog) started a Monday blog theme years ago called "Amanuensis Monday."  John offers this definition for "amanuensis:" 

"A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another."

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